Saturday, March 10, 2012

Old Books and Bibles

I finally got around to cleaning out my bedroom closet (which has a fancy new door!) and came across
some items I had forgotten I had in there.

First there is this childcare book that my parents used while dealing with my brothers and I as babies and children.

It was first published in 1894!  My brothers were born in the 1940s and I was born in 1959.

 Hmmm, it makes me wonder - did childrearing not change much in the 50 or so years since the turn of the century? Then I realized it had been updated every five years or so and this particular edition was published in 1943.

My parents kept a diligent record of our height and weight throughout the years - until I was 14 apparently!

Also in the closet I found some very old family bibles.

I'm guessing this was given to my great-grandmother from my grandfather's  brother, John.
The Hughes family came over to the U.S. from Scotland.  Mr. Connor, do you concur?

You can see by the beautifully written inscriptions and dates that these go very far back and were probably carried across the ocean when our relatives immigrated to the U.S.

Although older, this one is in better condition.

I am not sure who these relatives are, perhaps on my grandmother's side. Mr. Connor (my brother) again what do you think?

Inside I found a beautiful bright red prayer cloth or page marker, not sure exactly.

The print is so small!

This weekend I hope to tackle some more closets and also our attic.  I'm looking forward to perhaps finding some more lovely surprises as I do so.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Orlando Grandma said...

Bibles have been such an . A familiy Bible give us a sense of authenticity and a link to other generations. Enjoyed it

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness Ann - those were such wonderful memories and you probably learned so much about them and you! sandie

Mr. Connor said...

Yes I can go along with what you say on the first bible. On the 2nd bible. Did our Grandmother have a sister ?

Razmataz said...

How nice that you have these books. Maybe when you were 14 they were just too exhausted with child rearing to keep track anymore.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have one very old bible that I had rebound a few years ago. It is a true treasure.

Finally broke down and bought ASCP.
You inspired me to do it and paint something. :)

The Thuglets said...

How lovely to find such lovely memories.
Have a great weekend rummaging in the attic!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

centerofgravity said...

I love your old Bibles. such beautiful script for the dedications. Can you imagine writing like that? MY hand writing is barely legible.

Rebecca said...

What treasures you have! How very wonderful to have your growth recorded in the inside of the parenting book!

shohshi said...

What wonderful treasures you have from your ancestors and your childhood.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hey Ann!

I think the book on raising children is so neat-- and to think that your parents diligently kept a record of your growth! So sweet...
The bibles a treasure for sure! I think it is wonderful that they were kept for so long and have traveled so far!

-- Have been bad about catching up on emails and comments to my blog. But as always you keep me in stitches...thanks for all the comment love. Consider yourself caught up...~Pat

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How great to have such special family keepsakes! They have a lot of meaning!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, what special things you came across! that's amazing.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

These are truly treasures - how wonderful and the inscriptions are beautiful.You can pass your hand over the page, and almost feel some of your history - very precious.
Amazing isn't it to think of how your family made such a trip over the ocean in those days, and it would haven't been easy,I think. And now you and your wonderful family carry on their dreams and aspirations.
I like the picture of that Bosotn on the side - it feels like spring has begun here as well, a littl early, but we're not complaining.

KarenSue Farash said...

You know I love the old books and bibles! What a treasure. My great grandmother came over from Scotland on the boat. We will talk today..

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Just had to say... I love that 'spring haz sprung'
picture at the top of your side bar...

that stinking made me laugh!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love old books and have a few old Bibles...small ones. They feel good to have out on display! ♥